RWC 2019: All Blacks name line-up to face Ireland in quarter final match
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RWC 2019: All Blacks name line-up to face Ireland in quarter final match

A few minutes ago, the All Blacks team
to face Ireland in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup
quarter-final was named. For more let’s cross live to Tokyo, Japan to Irena Smith
who’s popped out from that announcement
to talk to us. Irena no big surprises
in the line-up apparently, that’s just been named
by Steve Hansen? That’s right. He named the line-up
in the last 30 minutes for Saturday’s big quarter-finals
match against Ireland in Tokyo. Let’s look at the forwards. We have Maori players Joe Moody
and Codie Taylor there helping out in the struggle. Brodie Retallick is back in the fold
to help out his captain Kieran Read. There’s no doubt that the make-up
of this team, especially with the forwards, is going to bode well
for Saturday night. That’s probably thanks to
how strong our forward pack is. Those forwards are looking great. Moving on to the backs, Rieko Ioane
is out in the cold? No. But that’s not due
to any lacking on his part, in terms of strength or power. But Steve Hansen does want
to use younger players Sevu Reece and George Bridge to help the team fulfil
their game plan. And then we have everyone’s
favourite hooker, Aaron Smith who will be playing his
90th test at the Rugby World Cup. So that’s the backs for you. Jack Goodhue is also there
in the middle. So we have some of the strongest
forwards and backs in on the team. Great, thank you for the details. Good to hear that Aaron Smith
is back. But on to who is on the bench. Who are the best players there,
in your opinion? TJ Perenara is there as a sub
for Aaron Smith. There’s no doubt we’re going
to see his ball-handling skills. Dane Coles is also there
as a sub for our forwards. That is the state of the bench. Sonny Bill Williams is also
on the bench. There’s no doubt he’s not going
to be in the line-up but we’ll probably see him
hit the field some time during the match. Great to see some of our more
proven players out there. Anyway, you’ve just exited
the media conference. Can you tell us how the team
is feeling right now? They’re excited, says Steve Hansen. This is the level of competition that the All Blacks
has been training for over the last few weeks,
months and years. Thanks to the match cancellation
with the Italians, the ABs are ravenous for game time
and being able to show their skill and everything they’ve been
working on. Thirty-one players
are ready to play. However, this is the leading line-up heading out on to the field
on Saturday. Also, lots of fans from New Zealand
are still arriving in the city to be here to support the team. And in fact, while I was on the plane
this morning I saw some of the wives, girlfriends
and families of the players coming
to support the team. Thank you for the update and
letting us know what’s happening, Irena Smith. Great to see you there. Travel safely, and keep
trucking along, yes?

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